THEA Colloquium 2020
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THEA Colloquium 2020 'Innovation Through Partnership'
THEA’s annual Colloquium ‘Innovation through Partnership’ took place online on 18th and 19th November 2020.
Over the coming years, technological universities will be established in every region of the country. At the heart of the technological university concept is an enhanced contribution to the national research and innovation ecosystem as compared to their predecessor institutions. Colloquium 2020 explored the role of technological universities in that ecosystem via the central theme of Innovation through Partnership, examining how working in partnership increases the potential for research and innovation to have strong “real world” impact and address societal challenges.
Three themed sessions took place over a two-day period
The introductory session showcased the very broad range of research and innovation partnerships ongoing within the sector. Research and innovation leaders from the sector spoke alongside their project partners about the benefits of working together to deliver research and innovation outcomes which have real impact. Speakers included Dr Catherine Carty, Institute of Technology Tralee and Philipp Müller-Wirth, UNESCO
This second session began with a look at how the innovation ecosystem in the sector helped address the challenge of the global pandemic. A panel discussion explored how the research and innovation model within the sector makes it an ideal place to explore solutions to the challenges that society is facing, including recovery from the pandemic. Participants included Dr Niall Smith, Cork Institute of Technology and Dr Elena Martines, European Commission
Session 3: Towards a Vision for R & I in Technological Universities (Thursday 19th November 2020, 14:30 to 16:30)
The closing session focused on discussion of a vision for research and innovation in Ireland’s new technological universities and how they will be integrated into the new national research and innovation strategy. There was a welcoming addresses from Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, and a keynote speech from Prof. Petter Aasen, Rector, University of South-Eastern Norway, followed by a panel discussion with a group including Jim Breslin, Secretary General, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science; Dr Orla Flynn, President, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology; and Claire McGee, Head of Education and Innovation Policy, IBEC